Why was the topic of forgeries so important to classical scholars during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911)? In my dissertation, I propose to answer this question by looking at the concept of authorship these scholars employed. As this concept became narrower and more exclusive, many features of received texts suddenly appeared dubious. In the subsequent changes that some texts underwent in order to better fit into the new discursive environment, the purist character of the discourse made itself felt. Claims of forgery thus functioned as a particularly effective way to imprint 18th-century values into the canon.
BA (2012) and MA (2014) in Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany.
“The untrue tradition? Manipulation of authorship and views on forgeries in the Qing dynasty: A case study of Zhang Xuecheng.”
VI Simposio International de Jóvenes Investigadores en Traducción, Interpretación, Estudios Interculturales y Estudios de Asia Oriental, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, July 3rd, 2015. Award for the best presentation in the field of East Asian Studies.
“Philologists, forgers and disciples: Coming to terms with the authorship of early texts in 18th-century China”
Third Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies, held at Chinese University of Hong Kong, May 19-21, 2016.
- Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
- Leiden Institute for Area Studies
- SAS China